WBA interim middleweight king Chris Eubank Jr has set his sights on facing middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin next year.
The 26-year-old takes on Tony Jeter this Saturday at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, live on Sky Sports.
The Brighton man will headline the Matchroom promoted show instead of local favourite Kell Brook. The IBF welterweight champion suffered a rib injury last week in sparring, so his title defence against Diego Chaves is being re-scheduled for later in the year.
Eubank, who only signed with the Brentwood based outfit a few weeks ago, is targeting the big names in and around his weight class. With Golovkin expanding his dominance beating David Lemiuex for the IBF strap at the weekend, the Kazah is on top of his hit list.
Eubank was quoted as saying: “Golovkin has got weaknesses that I feel I can exploit, so the goal is to work towards that fight. Its a huge fight down the line.
“I think he’s easy to hit and I can exploit that. I dont think he’s had a defining fight. I dont think he’s fought anyone who’s really been there to try and win”.
If the fight with Golovkin doesn’t materialise, the Brighton man has hinted that he would be more than willing to move up in weight in order to fight reigning IBF 168lb titlist James DeGale. Promoter Eddie Hearn feels a meeting between the pair would be a huge event.
Hearn said: “Eubank Jr against DeGale is a massive fight. There’s also George Groves and Martin Murray there. There are so many huge fights out there for Eubank Jr.
Looking beyond the Jeter fight, Eubank is expected to face Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan on December 12th at the 02 in London.
“The Spike O’Sullivan fight is another interesting fight” said Hearn. “I think it’s got some nice spice to it. But Eubank Jr against DeGale is huge.”
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